The Town Council has made a resolution to join other councils in declaring a climate emergency and made three commitments. 1. When it owns buildings, following devolution, it will look at how to reduce energy and water consumption and consider carefully where it buys its energy, consistent with this declaration. 2. Over the remainder of this administration, as opportunities arise, it will review policies, procedures and contracts to minimise the council’s impact on the local environment and the planet. 3. Engage with residents and others to learn and strive to reduce our carbon footprint, including considering the LGA guide to Councillors.
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The budget is an essential tool for controlling the Council’s finances and to demonstrate that it will have sufficient income to meet the objectives. One key part is to provide for contingencies and the need for reserves. The general reserve guidance is the reserve should be between (25 to 100%) or 3 and 12 months’ worth of expenditure. In addition, if we know the Council has specific projects, we need to set them as earmarked reserves for these (specific projects) or know expenditure in 2019/20. The Council’s Earmarked Reserves for 2019/20 are £100k for car parks and toilets. £30k Pendeen Playpark. £11,659 Plain an Gwarry and £3K Street Furniture; the total being £144,659.00.
It was highlighted in the budget that the council already have the funds ready for the car parks and toilets (acquiring a capital asset)/Plain an Gwarry work and these are not included in the precept demand, but are required to be shown in the budget. If we had a separate capital budget it would be shown there. We also need to raise revenue for Pendeen Playpark £30k and street furniture £3k, which along with the additional cost of running the devolution projects such as the library is why the precept demand has increased by a large amount.
The Council discussed the above and then on 14 January 2019:
RESOLVED: That the proposed budget presented for the financial year 2019/2020 £334,900 is agreed.
RESOLVED: That a precept request of £221,392 is made to Cornwall Council by 18 January 2019, an increase of 59.48 % on the previous year.
The Town Council would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. The Office will be open again on Monday 7th January 2019.
The full report of the event can be seen at the link below. Through contacts made at the presentation, it is hoped that the painting and research will be exhibited at St Just Library, while also being shared with the Town Council and the Local Neighbourhood Development Plan as an example of public engagement. Discussion has already begun regarding on further collaboration by Peter Ward with Dr Willett with the possibility of developing the event in other areas. Business and public groups in the area have also approached Peter to run similar workshops for upcoming events.
Salary scale: SCP 15–17 (£9,228 – £9606) = Full Time £17,072 –£17,772 when based on 37 Hours week + Membership of LGPS (Pension).
St Just Town Council is seeking a part time (20 hrs per week) Support Officer.
The role is varied and demanding and involves working on both Town Council and
potentially Cornwall Council procedures. Post is subjected to a probation period of six months.
A job description and person specification are on the vacancy page.
Please submit a completed application form and monitoring form with a covering letter to:
Telephone: 01736 788412
Email: above for the attention, Chairman of Staffing
Closing /date: 5pm 18 December 2018.
Interviews to be held in Mid/late-January 2019
Local citizens were honoured in presentations made on behalf of St Just Town Council by Mayor Brian Clemens.
Gorsedh Kernow announces host town for 2019
“St Just is one of the jewels of Cornwall,” said the Grand Bard of Cornwall, Elizabeth Carne, Melennek, “and we are so happy to be gathering in such an important and historic town for next year’s Esedhvos Festival.”
The Grand Bard’s words were spoken as a joint declaration with town mayor Cllr Brian Clemens that St Just in Penwith, in the far west of Cornwall, would host the 2019 Gorsedh Kernow Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture and bardic ceremony.
“We are delighted that the bards of the Cornish Gorsedd have accepted our invitation to hold their celebrations here next year,” said Cllr Clemens.
“We are immensely proud of our town’s history as a very important mining area and also home to Britain’s oldest working theatre, so familiar to the many bards who have studied its history and taken part in performances here over the years.”
Accepting the invitation on behalf of fellow bards, Mrs Carne expressed a wish for friendship and inclusiveness among Cornish people as they celebrate their distinct cultural identity.
“St Just is rightly proud of its place in the hearts of Cornish people,” said the Grand Bard, “and we look forward to working with local people to make next year’s Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture is one of the best ever.”
The external audit of the Town Council’s accounts was completed on 6 September 2018.
To view the official notice of the conclusion of Audit and the Annual Governance and Accountability Return for the 2017/18 Financial Year, see the links in the Documents Section of this website. The 4 sheets will also be on the Noticeboard from 18 September 2018.
The Town Council has submitted its Business Case to Cornwall Council following the 3 September 2018 Meeting. The Council plans to take over the Library on 1 April 2019 under the authority of Section 101 of the LGA 1972. The Library will be funded on the assumption of raising its demand for the Precept to Cornwall Council in 2019/2020 by 20% rising to 30% in 2021; for the Library related activities. The Business case was accepted by Cornwall Council subject to Director’s approval. The Minutes of 3 September 2018 (TC 104) show more details. Both Councils are working towards this objective, but no legally binding agreement has been entered into by either Council at this stage.
Following several years of discussion, the Town Council would like all residents to know that negotiations are now proceeding well with Cornwall Council to purchase the Library building, part of which will become the Town Council Office, with the remainder continuing to provide the Library Service.
There is much work to be done in the next few weeks and months, but we are hopeful that the purchase may be completed in the first half of 2019. There will be an update on Monday 3rd September at 6.45pm, open to the public, immediately before the Full Town Council meeting at 7.15pm.